Are you dreaming of endless bright white beaches, lots of sunshine, a turquoise blue sea and most of all peace and quiet? In that case, the Seychelles is just the right paradise for you. And should you by any chance get tired of being lazy in the sun there is always surfing, diving and sailing to entertain you!
Northeast of Madagascar, in the warm Indian Ocean, is where you will find the fairytale islands of the Seychelles. This is the place to go if you want to take it easy and truly enjoy life. The Seychelles are made up of 115 small islands with a wonderful marine and animal life. Relax under a swaying palm trees, take a trip into the jungle, check out impressive mango and banana trees but most of all take the time to seek out all the exotic animals and vegetation. Most of the islands are uninhabited and as the country controls the number of visitors to these islands they have managed to keep them very unexploited. You will surely be amazed by the natural beauty - it's like stepping into a dream world!
Start your journey in Victoria, capital of the Seychelles
The largest island called Mahé is where you will find the capital city, Victoria. This is where most of the inhabitants live - apart from Victoria there are only smaller villages rather than towns to be found. There is a harbour and a market which both are worth visiting, then of course a trip to the beach at Beau Vallon Bay, where you can take a dip to refresh yourself before setting off to explore the rest of the paradise islands.
Food in the Seychelles
As the Seychelles have been under the control of a number of countries throughout history, it makes it easy to understand why the food usually is spicy with influences from all over the world. There are so many flavour experiences to be had; French, English, African, Chinese and Indian cuisine. Don’t miss out on the locally picked fruit and all of the very fresh seafood. Should you become thirsty the local beer Seybrew will solve that problem nicely. And for something a little stronger try the dark Takamaka Rum, a local specialty.
The previously French and British colony became independent in 1976. English, French and Creole are the official languages in the Seychelles.
Things to do when you travel to the Seychelles
The best thing to do in the Seychelles is of course to lay back and take it easy, hang out on the beach, soak up the sun and cool off in the crystal clear waters. There are plenty of unbelievable beaches to be found, but for those of you who want to try something else there are wonderful activities both over and under water to be had, with great snorkelling and diving as well as surfing.
One of the most distinguishing features you'll come across when travelling the Seychelles is the ”Coco-de Mer” palm with it's large double nuts that can weigh up to 15-30kg! The palms are endemic to the island of Praslin and a trip to the national park Valle de Mai will probably be the best place to see them. Valle de Mai is included on UNESCO's list of heritage sites. While visiting Praslin you must also take the time to visit some of the not-to-be missed beaches on the eastern side of the island, Grand Anse and Petit Anse.
The marine national park St Anne is also well worth a visit, it’s only accessible by boat from Mahé.
Travelling in the Seychelles and when to go
There are a number of ways to travel around the Seychelles; either rent a car, a bicycle or why not trekking? To travel to the outlying islands you could sail, rent a boat or even go by helicopter!
Plan your trip to Seychelles in Africa. well in advance as the numbers of visitors are regulated. The best time to visit depends on what it is you want to do. Months to avoid are October – February when the weather is quite unstable. The rest of the year the weather is usually very good. If it's diving you are after then the best time is between September and November or March and April. And for surfing between May and October.
The Seychelles are considered to be a more exclusive destination, especially as it is so underdeveloped. That also reflects on the prices which are relatively expensive. Accommodation is often the largest expense on a trip to the Seychelles, KILROY can help you to find a cheaper alternative.